In the round-up: Paul di Resta admits he was disappointed to be passed over for a move up the field during 2012.
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“Of course it was flattering to be linked to those seats [at McLaren and Mercedes]. But I won’t deny I was disappointed when both teams opted to go down another route.”
Cyril Abiteboul: “It is a bit new to F1, because the teams also have to compete against each on the track, but I think the future will be about collaboration – and 2014 will urge us into considering more collaboration.”
“Two successful Formula One Indian Grands Prix might have put the country on the global motorsport map, but two deaths in the Mughal Rally brought into sharp focus the lop-sided development of the sport in the country.”
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@Girts names three more races you should have watched in 2012:
1. The DTM season finale at Hockenheim. It didn’t involve a lot of overtaking but offered a great race-long battle for the win and the title between Bruno Spengler and Gary Paffett, two of the very best touring car drivers in the world.
2. The GP2 Series sprint race at Spa. I saw it from the stands and saw some good passes and bad spins at the chicane. Luiz Razia and Davide Valsecchi, both title contenders, collided on the first lap and next year’s F1 rookie Max Chilton was out of contention, too. Josef Kral won his first ever GP2 race and Felipe Nasr overtook James Calado for second in the last metres before the chequered flag.
3. The WTCC Race of Austria at Salzburgring, race two. All three Chevrolet drivers suffered punctures in the last stage of the race and privateer Stefano d’Aste took an unexpected win.
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On this day in F1
Philippe Etancelin was born on this day in 1896. He was one of the 21 drivers who took the start in the first ever world championship Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1950.
Driving a Talbot-Lago, he qualified 14th and finished in eighth place, though at the time points were only awarded to the top five finishers.
Etancelin started his final championship race at the age of 56 before retiring. He died in October 1981 in Paris.
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